Glen Canyon: The Economic Costs

by David A. Harpman, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, United States,
Timothy J. Randle, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, United States,
S. Clayton Palmer, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation

Abstract: Revenues from power produced at Glen Canyon Dam are used to support Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) purposes, to pay O&M costs, and to repay construction costs. Generation of peaking power causes downstream releases and river stage to fluctuate on an hourly basis. This has been shown to impact the downstream physical and biological environment. A number of alternative management regimes are being considered to reduce these impacts. This paper discusses the potential impacts of these regimes on power production.

Subject Headings: Canyons | Hydro power | Rivers and streams | Power plants | Construction costs | Economic factors | Infrastructure construction | Water storage | Dams | Colorado River

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